*smiles at Soc, nodding a bit and glancing at the cats again* … *Gigi’s a grandma, gods help them all* I know you will… nothing will get to them in here, promise. Gigi and Pepper won’t let anything happen. *blinks**furrows his brows, kneeling down when Soc sinks* … *but at least this time he has some idea why**little, sympathetic smile—you are not the first person to need to sit down after a birth*
*helps him back to his feet, reaching down to pick him up after a moment* Mmhmm. Better than feeling all grossed out, huh? *getting up and turning* Say ‘night to them for now, then? We’ll go take a break for a while… and you can tell everyone about your new moggies.
*stares at the familiar, ghostly curicat as she nearly tips his brother, reaching a hand out to steady him… aaand then there are two smug cats in the tub* … *and just manages to shake his head**if he didn’t know better…*
*… turns his attention away from the cats… kind of…* … *and smiles a bit, sympathetic* I’m sorry, Soc. *gentle* It’s all over, though, and now you’re gonna have four little kittens to take care of. *…**little smile* Yes, we’ll put them in that nesting box we made up the other day and find them a quiet spot somewhere. But after they’ve had time to rest first, okay? I know Pepper-kitty’s gotta be tired.
*goes ahead and wraps everything he needs to clean up in one of the towels, leaning into the tub to set one of the bowls of water down for Pepper and then holding his hand out to Soc… still eyeing the pair of smug queens in the tub* … c’mon, lets go get you un-sick, hmm? They’ll be safe in here. You know nothin’ can get past Gigi.
*nods slightly, blinking at Gigi* *soft* Gigi-kitty, seein’ your new babies-babies? *smiles a bit at the earflick that got him, then looks up at Tex* ‘kay. *slightly determined, just…queasy* Gonna take good care of ‘em. Just don’t want th’ drain-goomies t’get the babies? *swallow* *sits the rest of the way down, rear crinkling against the floor so he can just…sit, for a second, watching Tex* … *then reaches out to him, taking his hand and pulling himself up all the way, going paaale, but ‘kay* …uh-huh, know. They’ll be good ‘n…un-sick sounds real good.
*blinks at Soc, opening his mouth… and closing it again after a moment, still a bit dumbfounded* … really? That’s… I didn’t think that could even work… *…* … *shaking his head**mostly to himself* Some fertility god must love this house…
*shake his head after a moment, resting his hand on Soc**gentle* I’m sorry, sweetie. Babies come into the world messy. Can’t get around it. *teasing just a little, gently, scritching his back* See, though? Told’ja they don’t just make you sit through those classes to torment you. *backrubs*
*gentle again, though* How about you let me finish cleaning up, and then we’ll go get something to drink and calm down a bit, hmm? Pepper’s—*… a little smug munchkin right now, he sees you*—not going to move for a little while, and they are all okay. We can shut the door to the bathroom and let them rest a wh—*just glanced at the door and saw the cat*… —while.
*kind of just blinking at Tex — didn’t really understand what he meant, there?* ‘ll it did? *…* *sigh* *swallows again* … *and gives Tex a look that is SICK* …ssa torment ‘nyway. *would have BEEN sick if he hadn’t been so worried about Pepper* … *nods after a moment, though, finally leaning back from the tub edge and sinking down a bit, ‘til he can just barely see over the rim of the tub to look at Pepper and the four little wads busy eating* …’kay… *faintly worried* We gon’ pudd’em inna box ‘re somethin’ laters? *still has some fears of drain monsters, shh* … *blink* *looks up at Tex — why did he stutter?*
*SHE is why* *saunters on into the room, solidifying and flicking her tail at Tex* … *purrs, catching Soc’s attention as she rubs over him and nearly knocks him over, then looks into the tub, jumping in a moment later* *…* *noses Pepper’s head, getting a mew and a purr in response, then settles down behind her, tail curling around mama kitty and all four kittens* *studies them for a moment, sniffing*… *looks up at the two Kaberonians with a blatant ‘WHAT?’ expression on her face…then she settles into the same exact SMUG look that Pepper still has*
*he knows. But she will be okay and they will be there to make sure than she will be okay*
… *and Tex, for the most part, attempts to make everything as painless as possible for Soc—because trust him, he can see that pale face and those wide eyes. He is aware that the whole ‘birth’ thing can be kiiiind of traumatic. So he just tries to keep everything calm and quiet and talk Soc through what is going on while making sure that each kitten gets cleaned up and each placenta is accounted for and each baby’s umbilical cord get’s tied off* … *and trust him, he notices something is odd by the time the lilac munchkin is born. The blue didn’t seem too odd, but the purple? Noooope, that… that is not normal. Not for Earth cats* … *and once Pepper is purring and cleaning them and he’s sure there aren’t going to be anymore, and he sits back to wash his hands and start to clean up… it becomes reeeally obvious that the rest of the kittens aren’t typical for Earth kittens, either. There are too many familiar curicat traits there**amazed* … hybrids. How is that even possible? They’re from different planets… fish and wildlife would have a cow… *shakes his head slowly, looking back at Soc* … *gentle* How are you holding up, sweetheart? You did a good job with those babies.
*yeeeah. The cucouri he saw a long time ago didn’t…really…look like this at ALL* … *he doesn’t think anything about any of the kittens is odd, but then again, he saw the father* … *he’s still on his feet, still leaning over the tub, though by now his belly hurts from leaning over the edge like this on top of queasy, but he doesn’t wanna straighten up and let go yet* … *but that does make him look up* … *blink* *slow* Their daddy’ussa purkle curicat, s’why. He climb-bed over th’ back fence when she got ousside. *swallow* … *…* *wan little smile* …looked like s-somethin’ outta th’ bad c-class. But they’re all okay. S-so ‘m okay. *just kind of sick right now*
*and Pepper is a smuuuuuuuug cat* *…and her ‘mama’ is coming to check on the grandbabies. There’s a see-through lilac curicat standing in the doorway to the washroom*
*kneels back down next to the tub, reaching to rub Soc’s back again gently* Shhh. I know. Having babies hurts, but she’ll feel better once she’s had them. It’s okay, sweetie… *nods a little, twisting where he sits to make sure things are out of the alcohol and within reach* … I remember. That’s okay… babies being born happens different ways sometimes. Pepper will probably take a little longer since this is her first litter…*turns back, watching for a moment* … okay. *gently* She’ll have a kitten, and then the placenta will come out after. We’re going to keep an eye on her in case she needs help and to make sure the babies are cleaned up and breathing when they’re born, but Pepper should do everything on her own… *aaand cat is yowling, okay… and he is rubbing Soc’s shoulder, because he can see that lip**heeeere they go…*
*wibbling a bit, just ‘cause he doesn’t like seeing his kitty hurt, that’s all* … *looks up at Tex for just a moment, listening, but still too worried to do much more than nod* … *leaning as far as he can lean, reaching to just sort of hold Pepper as best he can without picking her up, trying to stop that hurt* …. *yeeah, heeeere we go*
*and about a VERY tense hour later, there is an exhausted but purring longhaired, calico Munchkin mama slowly washing four very fuzzy, medium-longhaired little potato-cats with ears that fold in half because they are too long for their heads* *two of them, one a pure, dark blue, the other a distinct lilac purple (unheard of in Earth-cats, but not curicats) with a pink spot on its forehead, are obviously Munchkins like their mother, with teeny stubby legs, though the purple one also has a tail that is its body-length twice…like a curicat* *another is a bob-tail, but has normally proportioned limbs — save for those immense ears, of course — and is a calico with a much longer ruff of fur fluffing around its neck* *the last has the distinct long legs and and the immensely long tail of a curicat, but lacks a curicat’s fluffy ruff. It is black, but all four feet are stark white* ……. *and Soc is pale as a little ghost, wide-eyed and teary and obviously sick to his stomach, but looking at the new babies and stroking Pepper’s nose shakily*
*ducking into the kitchen for a moment to grab some paper towels and twine, then steps back out to follow the sound of Soc’s voice into the washroom* … *gentle, setting the towels and twine down on the sink and going to peer over his baby brother into the tub* … shhh, I hear her. It’s okay, sweetheart. *touches his back gently* Kitties make noise like that when they have babies. She just needs you to keep a good eye on her and to talk soft right now, okay? *watches her for a moment, rubbing Soc’s shoulder, then turns and goes over to the medicine cabinet to get down alcohol and the rubber bulb and some scissors to clean with it for just in case* … *glances over his shoulder* Have you seen a kitty have babies before, Soc?
*has his lip stuck out, tears still in his eyes — Pepper is crying* *still petting her, though, trying to do what he can* *looks up at Tex, worried* I know, bu’she hurts ‘n I can’t fix it. *goes back to watching her and shhing softly, rubbing behind her ears while she pants*…. *sniff* …notta Earth kitty or a curicat. Seed a cucouri oncet, but they just came out all fast ‘n that’us it. Gigi allus hid with her babies, ‘member? *aaand Pepper is yowling. Baby 1 is cooooming* *bites his liiiiip*
*panicking just a bit* *almost wailing* PEPPER’S HAVIN’ BABIES ‘N HELP!
*blink* … *oooh boy**getting up* Hold on, Soc, I’m coming! Calm down and grab a couple towels, I’ll be right there.
*backing away from the washroom door, minding Tex, but with worried tears in his eyes* SHESSA CRYIN’! *gets towels, then leans back over the bathtub, putting one of the towels in the tub and reaching to pet Pepper’s head and try to comfort her while she goes through labour* Shhhh…s’okay my kitty…shhh… *worried half to death*
*yawns* *does not hear rain today, so he’s actually a bit less sluggish about waking up* *sitting on the couch and studying his toes at the moment, though*
*smiles back, rubbing his thumb over his brother’s forehead and chuckling when he’s nuzzled* Good… and I suppose so, scrawny. No complaints here.
*slit-eyed look* *re-wraps his arms a bit more firmly around Tex’s shin, sighing and purr-sucking* Mm… *that sounded happy* *can’t talk with a paci in his mouth, after all, and not sure he’s ‘up’ to it yet, anyway* *but giving Tex a beaming little smile*
*liptwitch**smiles back at his little brother, giving a short, quiet purr for just a moment* … *as long as he’s happy, Tex is not going to question it**gentle head-ruffle*
*he’s happy* *can’t you tell by how he’s clinging?* *giving Tex the big solemn-eyed look for just a moment…and then pressing his cheek against his leg again, smiling and closing his eyes* *holds one hand up in short-hand sign* *love you big brother*